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Panel - The Virgin and Child
  • The Virgin and Child
    The Master of the Marble Madonnas
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The Virgin and Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    second half 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The Master of the Marble Madonnas (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Marble, carved in high relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel is made by Gregorio di Lorenzo (formerly called the Master of the Marble Madonnas) in the second half of the 15th century.
Gregorio di Lorenzo trained in the workshop of Desiderio da Settignano was active in Florence between 1455 and 1495. He was strongly influenced by Antonio Rossellino who after a period of activity in Tuscany worked in Urbino and its neighbourhood. In this respect his style runs parallel with that of Domenico Rossellini.

Physical description

The virgin, seated in full face, supports the Child, who stands on a cushion on her left knee. He holds an apple in his left hand and raises his right hand in benediction. In the background is a garland suspended from rings in the moulded border of the relief.

Place of Origin

Florence (made)


second half 15th century (made)


The Master of the Marble Madonnas (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Marble, carved in high relief


Height: 56.5 cm, Width: 37.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the Gigli-Campana collection.

Descriptive line

Panel, marble relief, the Virgin and Child, by Gregorio di Lorenzo (formerly called Master of the Marble Madonnas), Florence, second half 15th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 47
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 27
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 152, 153




Carving; High relief

Subjects depicted

Cushion; Apple; Garland


Christianity; Sculpture; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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